Flipping the Classroom with Ted Ed

Ted Ed makes flipping the classroom a great deal easier! Often times teachers mention (and I know what they mean!) that it is time consuming to produce their own videos for students to engage students before class. Well, Ted Ed makes this a whole lot easier. They offer an increasing number of the insprirational and informative TED videos as engaging interactive lessons for students. Selected videos are animated, cartoonized, or made more visual in sume manner.. The video  lesson includes a follow up questionaire and additional resources.

The best thing about Ted Ed flipping? Well, it has to be the ability to flip ANY YouTube video. Ted Ed allows the user to to apply your own titles, your own questions, your own resources, and provide your  own link to any  YouTube video lesson you customize-not just the ones on their site.

 

WatchKnow – Free educational video resource

Free educational videos delivered over the Internet. Viewed any time, from anywhere.

We believe that everyone should have the same opportunity to learn. The best way to make this possible, we believe, is to organize into one, super directory the hundreds of thousands of good videos currently available on the Internet. To make this a reality, we invite teachers, instructors and educators to suggest videos for inclusion into our directory, and then to review, approve, and assign those videos into appropriate categories using a wiki framework and philosophy. The videos are the highest quality found on the World Wide Web, cover all major educational topics from elementary to secondary schools (or age range 1 – 18), and are Kid Safe!

WatchKnow has indexed over 20,000 educational videos, placing them into a directory of over 3,000 categories. The videos are available without any registration or fees to teachers in the classroom and to students at home 24/7. Users can dive into our innovative directory or search for videos by subject and age level. Video titles, descriptions, age level information, and ratings are all edited for usefulness. Our Web site invites broad participation in a new kind of wiki system, guided by teachers. We have had a tremendously positive response from educators to the website. If we continue to work together, we can create an incredible, free, educational resource for students across the world.”

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United Nations Pitches

For the second straight year, Grade Six students have produced stupendous work incorporating research from all core subjects.

They produced incredible Pecha Kuchas* for the Q2 performance task. Their video presentations are between 10-20 slides, and the narration on each slide is between 10-20 seconds long. Their task was to research the impact of certain products on food chains and groups of people.

Situation: The UN has raised the question of whether or not certain products should stay on the market due to their questionable effects on the environment and people. They have appealed to certain NGOs for their help in determining positive and negative impacts on the environment and people, so that they can make an informed decision.

I.T. Connections: Students learned about Creative Commons and how to search Flickr and Google Image Advanced Search for Creative Commons photos. Students were encouraged to use Compfight to find appropriate photos.

To view the videos, click on the topic below:

Chocolate

Coffee

Plastic

Electronics

*What is PechaKucha ?

PechaKucha 20×20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images forward automatically and you talk along to the images.
To read more about the Pecha Kucha format click here.

Safety Mode for YouTube

Google has just announced a “Safety Mode” for YouTube. Read Google’s information below:

“Diversity of content is one of the great things about YouTube. But we know that some of you want a more controlled experience. That’s why we’re announcing Safety Mode, an opt-in setting that helps screen out potentially objectionable content that you may prefer not to see or don’t want others in your family to stumble across while enjoying YouTube. An example of this type of content might be a newsworthy video that contains graphic violence such as a political protest or war coverage. While no filter is 100% perfect, Safety Mode is another step in our ongoing desire to give you greater control over the content you see on the site.

It’s easy to opt in to Safety Mode: Just click on the link at the bottom of any video page. You can even lock your choice on that browser with your YouTube password.”

YouTube Preview Image

Embedding YouTube Videos into Prezi

Teachers have asked about how to embed a YouTube video into their Prezi presentations. There are instructions in the Prezi manual under the learn tab at Prezi.com. The method essentially requires two steps:1) downloading the video from YouTube in the correct format 2) embedding into the Prezi.

Downloading from YouTube and saving as an FLV file

There a number of ways to do this. Here is just one that is straightforward and sure to work.

Step #1 Go to YouTube and find the video required. Copy the URL of that video page.

Step #2 Go to http://keepvid.com Paste the URL in the menubar. Click Download.

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Step #3 Download the FLV file

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Step #4 Lastly, embedding the video into your Prezi is straightforward- Use Media then File as you would insert a picture.